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Container terminal opens at Port of Hamilton

2017-11-17

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

A new container terminal has opened its doors in Hamilton. Based at the Port of  Hamilton's Pier 15, the Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT) will play a key role  in the GTHA-Niagara logistics network, stated a press release.

HCT is a 3-acre depot offering temporary storage and redeployment of loaded or  empty containers for customers in southern Ontario. The terminal handles both  20- and 40-foot containers, with space for 300 twenty-foot equivalent units  (TEUs).

The new terminal will improve delivery times and help streamline truck traffic  within the GTHA, reducing the need to travel to Brampton or other depots to pick  up or drop off containers. This means less on-road time, improving efficiency and reducing truck movements on GTHA highways.

"This new facility is a game changer for customers throughout the western  Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara regions, who will save logistics time and money,"  said Amandeep Kaloti, President of Hamilton Container Terminal. "Truck drivers  will spend less time sitting in traffic, and this new asset will serve as a  relief valve on busy southern Ontario highways."

HCT has a natural location advantage, located on a high-capacity truck route,  with direct connection to the Toronto/Niagara-bound QEW, a primary corridor to  the U.S. border. The depot's location at the Port of Hamilton also provides  connectivity to rail and marine transportation services.

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Davie applauds Québec National assembly stance on shipbuilding strategy

2017-11-14

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Davie Shipbuilding has applauded the Members of the National Assembly of Québec, and Premier Couillard specifically, for passing a unanimously adopted motion on Nov. 8 calling on the Trudeau government to amend the faltering National Shipbuilding Strategy to include Québec and save 1200 middle-class shipbuilding jobs.

"The federal government is going to invest almost $100 billion dollars over the next 20 to 30 years on its fleet renewal.  Québec represents 50% of Canada's shipbuilding capacity and 23% of Canada's tax base yet it is receiving less than 1% of federal spending on shipbuilding," said Alex Vicefield, Chairman, Davie Shipyard. in a press release.  "Today, Québec is at risk of losing a significant number of middle-class jobs due to bureaucratic intransigence and roadblocks within a broken procurement system, despite the clear and obvious need for Canada to urgently renew the entirety of its fleet."

On its Facebook page, Davie reiterated its strong concern, declaring: "At the end of this month, just before Christmas, up to 800 jobs will be abolished in Québec unless the government acts and follows the recommendations and requests of the Senate, the Defence Committee of Parliament and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to build a second military support ship of the Resolve class."

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Fednav receives IBJ Environmental Protection award

2017-11-14

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Fednav Limited was presented with the IBJ Bulk Ship Operator Environmental Protection Award at a gala dinner organized by the International Bulk Journal and held on Nov. 13 at historical Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam. Montreal-based Fednav is the largest international dry bulk shipping group in Canada, operating a modern fleet of some 100 bulk carriers trading worldwide.

This award spotlights Fednav's excellence in environmental stewardship in the maritime trade, along with its leadership in the implementation of the highest industry operating standards which also include safety and efficiency.

Environmental protection is one of the cornerstones of Fednav's philosophy and a core company value. Enhanced sustainable strategies and initiatives are constantly assessed, revised, and upgraded. Partnerships with world-class shipyards and suppliers paired with feedback gained in the daily operating of its fleet enable the company to continuously improve the design and efficiency of new vessels. These two main factors also allow Fednav to deploy innovative engineering solutions and implement sophisticated cargo handling processes.

For several years, Fednav has committed to lowering its greenhouse gas emissions by 1% per year (in grams per tonne/mile). "Over the last decade, we have nearly doubled our target. Fednav's new vessels emit 40% less GHG than the ships the company built 30 years ago," said a press release.

 
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Madeleine Paquin named IBJ Entrepreneur of the Year

2017-11-15

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Montreal-based Logistec Corporation, a marine and environmental services provider, is pleased to announce that Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO, was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 edition of the IBJ Awards in Amsterdam.

"I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award from IBJ. Success would not be possible without our customers and partners, and I take this opportunity to thank them for trusting us to understand their challenges and their needs, and develop new and unique solutions," said Ms. Paquin. "This award is also a great recognition of my team at Logistec, notably their dedication and their operational expertise."

The IBJ Awards honour achievements in the maritime bulk industry and were presented at the magazine's annual gala, attended by several hundred guests. The Entrepreneur of the Year category recognizes an individual who has successfully opened new markets, demonstrated resilience in overcoming obstacles, and achieved growth and sustained customer satisfaction.

"International Bulk Journal (IBJ) selected Madeleine Paquin for the significant and lasting contribution she has made to her industry, whilst simultaneously growing her own company, Logistec, organically and through acquisitions, to become a market leader," said Ray Girvan, Publisher of IBJ. "We believe that this is a fitting honour for a truly world-class professional, at a truly global event, who has already received a host of accolades in North America and who brings honour and respect to our industry as a whole."

 
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Thunder Bay cargo up 7% over last year

2017-11-08

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

The Port of Thunder Bay is on track to ship 9-million metric tonnes of cargo this season, a level achieved just three times in the past 20 years.  As of October 31 the port had handled 6.7 million tonnes of cargo, 11% ahead of the five-year average of 6.0 million tonnes year-to-date.

Cargo volumes are 7% ahead of last year despite October shipments being lighter than in 2016.  "October tends to be a volatile month in the port," says Tim Heney, the Port Authority's Chief Executive Officer, "Last year the port saw very strong grain shipments in October, and this year those shipments were closer to average."

Grain shipments are expected to increase in November; the current vessel line-up indicates above-average grain volumes transiting the port this month.

General cargo shipments are also picking up speed this month.  Deliveries of heavy equipment, electrical transformers and electrical generators are anticipated in the coming weeks.  A load of steel pipe was received earlier this week and will be transferred to Western Canada by rail. It was delivered by Fednav's MV Federal Barents (per photo).

This marked the first shipment of pipe handled in Thunder Bay in a generation; the pipe is a spin-off of a growing volume of steel products being imported to the Prairie Provinces through the Port of Thunder Bay since 2014. (photo TBPA)

 

 
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